I never would have thought that losing weight could be fun. For me, exercise was just another chore and losing weight was something I felt obligated to do after talking with my doctor. Then, after one night of frustratedly searching the web for potential weight loss tools like a weight loss calculator, I came across a website that had a list of the top weight loss apps (I’ll link it at the bottom of the article for your own reference) and I decided to check it out.
I was truly shocked when I discovered that losing weight, in many ways, can be entertaining. And, not only that, I was able to stay on track with a diet plan, count calories, monitor the food I was eating, find healthy recipes, and receive personalized tips from real diet coaches – all from an app. How crazy is that? I actually found enjoyment in setting up an easy diet and exercise routine I could follow, and I began to really notice a difference in my overall health and weight. I was so impressed, I decided to bring my favorite three weight loss apps directly to you, my readers, in the hopes that these will help you learn how to lose weight in a fun way just like they’ve helped me.
Weight Watchers Mobile – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 5M
Sharing your accomplishments with a community of people who are also trying to lose weight is incredibly motivating, and something I would have never guessed before trying Weight Watchers Mobile. Weight Watchers will help you change your diet and implement an exercise routine that works for you; one that you find stimulating and fun, not boring and mundane. You are able to create personalized activity goals and you can earn badges for every challenge you complete. If you’re finding healthy eating to be difficult, you can also access new recipes and search for healthy restaurants that won’t force you off your diet. If you have a device that tracks your fitness, you can save time by automatically inputting the device’s data, like how far you’ve walked, directly into the Weight Watchers Mobile app!.
I will warn you that some users have found it a bit difficult to adjust to the changes in the layout after an app update. The app developers are constantly working to improve your user experience, so the app will update from time to time, changing the appearance and overall layout. Just keep in mind that some of these changes may come with a learning curve.
Pros: Set and achieve weight loss & fitness goals, share accomplishments with a community, create & implement a diet & exercise plan that works for you.
Cons: Layout changes can be slightly difficult to adjust to.
Overall: You have all the tools you need to set and accomplish your weight loss goals, including a motivational community, but you may find there to be a learning curve when there are changes to the general layout.
Weight Loss Running – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 1M
With Weight Loss Running, you have access to specialized training programs, detailed meal plans, and motivational tips, all designed to take away the stress of losing weight. There are 4-course meal suggestions to help you manage a healthy diet. You then log the calories you consume so you can keep track of your nutrition. If you’re lazy like me, it’s nice because you don’t have to worry about putting together a shopping list; one is instantly generated from the recipes you select.
Unfortunatley, weight gain and weight maintenance are not options when inputting your fitness goals. There is a strong focus on weight loss alone, so if you’re looking to gain weight or simply maintain your figure as-is, you might want to try a different app like Weight Watchers Mobile instead.
Pros: Specialized exercise programs, detailed meal plans, calorie counter, and an instantly generated shopping list.
Cons: You cannot set goals for gaining or maintaining your weight.
Overall: If you’re looking to lose weight only, then the specialized exercise programs and meal planner will help you do just that, free of stress.
My Diet Coach – Rating: 4.4, Downloads: 10M
My Diet Coach has fun, daily challenges to help you improve your eating and exercise habits, and to keep you engaged with your routine so you don’t lose interest. You are able to earn points for completing tasks and redeem those points for in-app rewards, so it actually feels like you’ve done something good. You are also able to record your meals and exercises in a diary format that’s straightforward to fill in and easy to read if you want to look back at what you’ve done. One of the features I personally enjoy is the ability to check your daily calorie intake against your goals; it’s really helpful for staving off those mid-morning cravings. Plus, you can set customized reminders to make sure you always take healthy snacks with you when you’re on-the-go.
To all those men out there who think this sounds like a good app for you, just know that My Diet Coach’s interface and rewards system were designed with women in mind. However, the daily log, reminders, and fitness tips are super useful no matter what your gender is, so I wouldn’t let the app’s design put you off.
Pros: Daily challenges to keep you on track with your diet and exercise routine, redeem points to get in-app prizes, and record your meals in a diary.
Cons: The app was designed for women, so the physical appearance is not very unisex.
Overall: While the physical appearance of the app may lean more female, the meal and exercise tracking features and in-app rewards are helpful for everyone, regardless of gender.
Finally, here’s the before mentioned list if you want to check out more app options. I think these are the current top 3, but it’s never a bad idea to have a couple of alternatives.
Losing weight can be fun if you have the right tools. If you think it’s high time you take control of what you eat and you want to shed those pounds fast, then you should really check out these three weight loss apps. I’ve found great (and fun!) success by keeping a food log and receiving valuable insights to aid me in my weight loss journey, and I think you will too.